Orientation #UPJ2021

Commitment to Real World Action:

Get ready. Get involved. Make a difference. Change your world.


Welcome, Class of 2021!

We have been working all summer to prepare for your arrival, and we can't wait to meet you!  By choosing to pursue your education at Pitt-Johnstown, you have chosen well!

At Pitt-Johnstown, we are dedicated to providing you with a solid foundation for career and professional success...and helping you develop an ethos of real world commitment.  During orientation, you will work closely with members of the Student Affairs team to engage with your fellow students and the campus, to begin your successful transition into collegiate life, and start you on your path to real world readiness. We also want you to have fun, which is why we have included several opportunities to kick back and have a good time!  The complete schedule appears below.  Stay up-to-date with New Student Orientation by downloading our Guidebook app.  Click on the QR code above or visit: www.guidebook.com/g/upj2017.  To view a campus map, click here. 


Thursday, August 24 - Get Ready!

Information Tables will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:  University Square at the Gazebo, Campus Mall at the Mountain Cat statue, and the upper-level of the Student Union near the food court. 

7 to 11 a.m. 

First-Year Student Move In – First-Year Residence Halls
Move in to your residence hall room with the help of our volunteers.
Golf cart shuttles will be available from parking lots back to residence halls. 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Class of 2021 Canvas signing - Spirit Rock (upper entrance to Student Union) and stop and sign the canvas!

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information/Coincierge Stations - University Square, Campus Mall & Student Union (upper-level)

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 


  • Parents and Students – Dining Hall & Cambria Room (Student Union)
    Students should swipe their ID cards and parents will be provided with meal tickets at check-in.
  • Volunteers - Varsity Cafe (Living-Learning Center)

12 to 12:30 p.m.

Parent Shuttles - Student Union Drive (by the Gazebo)
Shuttles will operate between the Student Union and Wellness/Sports Center. 

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (concurrent sessions)

  • Resident Students:
    Introductory Residence Community Meetings – First-Year Residence Halls
    Meet with other resident students before heading to Campus Welcome.
  • Commuter Students:
    Introductory Commuter Meeting – 114 Biddle Hall
    Meet with other commuter students learn about the programs and services offered for commuters. 
  • Parents:
    Parenting a New College Student – Wellness Center
    Lenny Dave, Lenny Dave Talent
    Are you sending your first child off to college?  While this is a time of celebration, it can also be pretty stressful.  Join us for an informative and light-hearted look at how to parent a new college student!  This session will include information on Pitt-Johnstown's zero tolerance policy regarding hazing. 

1:45 p.m. 

Pat the Cat – Campus Mall (rain location: Sports Center)
As part of your transition to Pitt-Johnstown student, we invite you to take part in this annual tradition of patting the mountain cat statue!

2 to 3:00 p.m. 

Campus Welcome: Your Real World Adventure Starts Here! – Sports Center
President Spectar and other members of the University community will welcome you, celebrate your successful transition to Pitt-Johnstown, and help you to begin your Real World Adventure!  Following the program, “grab and go” snacks and beverages will be available on the Sports Center lawn for parents and family before they begin their journeys home. (Rain location: Wellness Center).

3 to 3:15 p.m.

Family Farewell - Sports Center Lawn (rain location: Wellness Center)

3:15 to 5 p.m. 

Schedule Adjustments – Blackington Hall Lobby
(This session is for students who need to make changes to their schedules.  Division Chairpersons and Registrar's Office staff will be on-site to assist you.)

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Foreign Language Placement Exam - 208 Biddle Hall
Questions: Contact Natalie Casti (casti@pitt.edu) in the Humanities Division. 

4:30 to 5 p.m.

Financial Literacy - 134 Blackington Hall
Michael Stibich, Somerset Trust Company

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Dinner – Dining Hall (Student Union)

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

First-Year Resident Students Building-Wide Meetings – First-Year Residence Halls

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Mountain Cat Pep Rally & Class Photo – Sports Center
Here’s the perfect opportunity to kick back and get to know your fellow members of the Class of 2021! 

9:30 to 11p.m. 

Community Building– First-Year Residence Halls


Friday, August 25 - Get Involved!

7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast – Residence Hall lobbies
Grab a donut and some coffee to start your day!

9 to 10 a.m. 

Drugs & Alcohol Awareness – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Dr. Robyn King, Emergency Department, Memorial Medical Center
Opioids and synthetic drugs are in the news every day, along with the alarming statistics on overdoses and deaths.  Dr. King will talk about the opioid crisis while discussing the dangers of other drugs and alcohol. As an emergency department physician, she has witnessed the catastrophic impact of drugs and alcohol and will share her experiences with eye-opening frankness and honesty.  

10 to 11:30 a.m. 

A “Real” World of Difference  – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Sherdina Harper, Coordinator of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, University of Pittsburgh.
This session will explore the richness of our similarities and differences.  This session is designed to set the stage for our year-long Fireside Chat reading and discussion programs that focus on various aspects of civility and difference.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 

Lunch – Dining Hall (Student Union)

12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

Social Excellence & Hazing Awareness – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Josh Orendi, Phired Up!
Explore social dynamics in this highly interactive session that will talk about acting responsibly and respectfully, being authentic, and living every day with integrity as the best version of yourself!  Learn the importance of being fun and compassionate while being open, kind, and bold! This session will also include a discussion on the issue of hazing and Pitt-Johnstown's zero-tolerance on hazing. 

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Title IX: What Every Student Needs to Know – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Amy Buxbaum, Title IX Officer & Vice President for Finance and Administration
This session, which is designed to create and promote a safe and respectful campus experience, will examine the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment and review your rights and obligations under Title IX

3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

International Services – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Dr. Kristen Majocha, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Communication
Find out about the many benefits provided by studying abroad. In addition to immersing yourself in a new culture, you will develop a better understanding of how you can make a difference in the world.

3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Academic Integrity & Important Dates – Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Dr. Kristen Majocha, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

5 to 6:45 p.m.

Dinner – Dining Hall (Student Union)

6:45 p.m. 

Depart for Off-Campus Events – Blackington Hall

7 to 11 p.m. 

Cambria County War Memorial Arena
We’re going off-campus to the historic Cambria County War Memorial Arena (the United States’ first-ever “Hockeyville” arena!) for an evening of fun and entertainment.  Activities will include a performance by the nationally known hypnotist Bryan David, the DJ Juicy James EDM party, casino games…and more


Saturday, August 26 - Make a Difference!

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Grab and Go Breakfast – Residence Halls

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Travel to Service Sites – Buses load at Blackington Hall

9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

Serving the Johnstown Community

Please wear closed-toe shoes.  In the event of rain, please bring a dry set of clothes and a towel. 

12:30 to 3 p.m. 

Celebration of Community – Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center (downtown Johnstown)
We’re celebrating your transition into the Johnstown community with a special picnic lunch where you will meet local elected officials, have the opportunity to register vote, and enjoy some live entertainment. 

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Dinner – Dining Hall (Student Union)

9 to 10:30 p.m. 

Hooray! Building a Community Out of Classmates - Wellness Center
David Coleman, Coleman Productions
Let loose and get to know your fellow students in this energy-packed session designed to help you form lasting relationships!  All we can tell you…hula hoops will be involved!

Sunday, August 27

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Brunch – Dining Hall (Student Union)

1 to 2 p.m. 

FYSP and PASS Sessions 
Please note these sessions are only for students enrolled in these programs:

  • First Year Success Program – 138 Blackington Hal
    Academic Success Center Staff
    This session is for FYSP students only.
  • Provisionally Admitted Student Success – 134 Blackington Hall
    Dr. Kristen Majocha, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
    This session is for PASS students only.

2 to 6 p.m.

Games & Activities - Campus Mall

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Welcome Back BBQ - Campus Mall (meal plans will be in effect)

8:45 p.m.

Fireworks - Campus Mall

This schedule is subject to change.